I’m stoked to be a some stellar events this Spring. I’ll be bringing a carefully curated selection of hand knits (for those that appreciate the art of knitting by hand) and knitting kits (for those with skills – or want to learn the skills) to DIY!
It’s been a year since I last published a new pattern. Recently I’ve been inspired and experimenting with fair-isle. I love the look of the subtle colour patterns, but I hated all of the yarn switching and stranding. Instead I worked on a few mock fair-isle pieces which I am so excited about.
Of course, since fingerless gloves are my favourite all-season accessory, this first piece just had to be a pair of gloves!
2 skeins Knitca 100% Merino Wool, shown in 422 Silver Cloud (110 yds/100 m) for the main colour.
1 skein Knitca 100% Merino Wool, shown in 194 Cherry (110 yds/100 m) for the contrast colour
Alternate yarn substitution:
1 skein Cascade 220 Wool each for main and contrast colours (220 yds/201m)
US size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles (dpn), set of 4
1 stitch marker
Scrap yarn or stitch holder
Length measures 21.5 cm (8.5″)
Covers wrist and forearm.
Last year around this time I started a goal to knit our family a new Christmas stocking. I never completed the project. I took on too many projects last year, including preparing for the biggest event of my life.
This year, I took up that project again and I’m determined to finish by December 1st! These pair are for hubby and I. His on the left, mine on the right.
I’m really excited about how these are turning out. Perhaps after I’m done, I will write out a pattern for them. I wasn’t able to find a pattern that I liked so essentially, I’m just making some really big socks and seeing how it goes!
Now it’s 2 down, 2 to go, with 2 weeks to go! The girls stockings are going to be much more challenging. They’ve requested stockings with bears and candy canes! Oh Boy!
What’s on your Christmas knit list?
This year my girls have been all about the short ankle socks. All of a sudden, they wanted nothing to do with regular length socks. I had this pattern in my Ravelry favourites for the longest time and knew my year of the sock wouldn’t be complete without making a pair of these.
Pattern: Sporty Striped Peds, by Purl Bee
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Sport; Colourway: Rainbow
I modified these to fit my daughters small kids size 13 feet by shortening the heel flap and the length of the foot. You can see my modifications on my Ravelry page.
The colourway of this yarn is now discontinued. Which is too bad because the girls love the rainbow colour pattern. This is the second pair of socks I’ve made in this colour. Always a hit!
There will certainly be more hand knit socks in this family’s future!
Happy feet dance!
This second sock of the year is for me as well. I was shopping at Michaels one day and they had a sale on a discontinuing line of Loops & Thread brand yarn with cashmere!
Pattern: How I Make My Socks, by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Loops & Thread Luxury Sock; Colourway: Spring Fling
I’m still into a plain vanilla sock pattern but I love self-striping yarns because it adds variety to the knit and no colour changes required! Since catching the sock bug, I’ve been keeping my eye out on sock yarns. This one was wonderful – and a great price. Too bad it’s no longer available.
You can read about my Year of the Sock progress on this blog, or follow along on with my project on Instagram.
Happy knitting friends!
Pattern: How I Make My Socks, by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball; Colourway: Frische
I haven’t really been a big sock knitter. I know there are lots of you out there! The last pair I made were for my daughter.
About a month ago, I decided to see what the hype was about and I cast on a pair. Now I have to say, I’m slightly addicted. There’s something to be said about making a pair, trying it on my feet as I go along, and seeing the final fit. The other part that I love is the colour variations. I love interesting colour patterns and variations, and with sock yarns there is no shortage of both!
Now that I am more than a little hooked, I’ve decided to challenge myself to make a year’s worth of socks (12 pairs to be exact)!
Let’s see how it goes. I hope you will follow along with me. You can read about my progress on this blog, or follow along on with my project on Instagram.
Pattern notes published on Ravelry.
The official kick-off of my holiday market season is underway and I had a little help today.
The girls have been asking to help mommy out at her shows for a little while now, but timing had always been difficult and show locations haven’t been convenient. Today, though, the first holiday show in my line-up, was manageable on all counts! So the girls came with me for the adventure.
It was delightful having them with me for the morning (half a day was all they could handle). My oldest seemed to have the most interest in what I was selling, what people were buying and what everyone else was selling and doing, while my youngest was a natural sales girl. She was not shy, told on-lookers about the prices and asked them to try it on!
A wonderful experience to share with my girls, for sure! Perhaps more in the future, even!